how to auto purge automatically installed packages using aptitude?

Jordon Bedwell jordon at
Fri Jul 16 04:36:45 UTC 2010

On 7/15/2010 11:09 PM, listofx wrote:
> Is there an equivalent command for aptitude which works like
> $ apt-get --purge autoremove pkg
> I have tried 
> $ sudo aptitude --purge-unused remove xpdf
> and found that aptitude just removed xpdf package only and had other
> automatically installed packages left.
> In other words, 
> $ aptitude remove xpdf 
> is different with 
> $ aptitude --purge-unused remove xpdf. The former would remove related
> packages which xpdf depends on. But the latter would not. I am not sure
> the actual meaning of --purge-unused. Or there is a bug revealed.

As aptitude says in the help, it doesn't have super cow powers, sadly.
It does have a purge, but that is only for direct dependencies. You'll
need to apt-get purge.  Or you can use deborphan which I personally
prefer because I can backtrack mistakes with deborphan.


Jordon Bedwell

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